Back-to-School Printables: Lunchbox Notes & School Year Signs

The following post is from Jason & Jennifer Bruce of New Season Design: The back-to-school season comes with all sorts of different emotions... excitement, fear, anticipation, eagerness, anxiety. And those emotions aren't just for the kids! It's hard for many parents to make the back-to-school transition. There are lunches to pack, homework to oversee, and…

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How to Teach A New Skill

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: Watching our little ones at soccer recently, I was reminded of the importance of teaching things in small steps.  The instructor was working with a group of three year olds.  Instead of starting out, “This is how you kick the ball in the net,” she…

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Free Preschool Activities from Your Kitchen

The following post is from Katie of Kitchen Stewardship: When you start making changes in your family to a more whole foods or eco-friendly lifestyle (or both!), one major struggle is always, “What do I do with the stuff we don't eat/clean with/cook with anymore?” Many of us also have frugal sensitivities, so boxes of…

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Teaching Manners with Baby Sign Language

The following guest post is from Leigh-Ann of Intentional By Grace: Please and thank you are the magic words. But what about before kids can talk? What about when everything they say comes out in grunts and babbles? Can they learn to say “please” and “thank you”, or are we doomed to just accept the…

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Four Easy Ways to Increase Your Child's Vocabulary

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: Words are our main tools of communication.  The better your children can articulate their thoughts, the more success they will experience in school and often, in life.  Here are four ways to help enlarge a child’s vocabulary: Do what comes naturally – talk! You’ve probably heard it…

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Screenprinting Labels on My Fabric Boxes
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Screenprinting Labels on My Fabric Boxes

When Silhouette offered me a chance to try their new Fabric Ink Starter Kit, I immediately knew what my first project would be: stenciling letters onto our homeschool-in-a-box boxes (we started with one box but decided to get a second one as we prepare for fall so that I can keep current items in the…

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Covering Your Books with Paper

The following post is from Lisa of The Pennington Point: If you're like me, you have a bunch of odd books.  Paper backs, bright colors, torn bindings...but I don't have the heart to get rid of them.  After all, I may want to read that again someday! However, I didn't like the messiness that they…

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Is There More Than Please and Thank You?

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: Can you put a check beside “uses good manners,” just because your kids say please and thank you at the appropriate times? Or, is there more to it than that? More Than Good Manners Think about all of the situations children need to learn how to…

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Fifty Books to Enjoy with Kids {Reading Guide}

Reading is an important part of our family's culture, and I love children's books. We have hundreds of them, with no plans to declutter our collection any time soon, and I dream of having an extensive home library, not just for our children, but for our children's children as well! However, as our kids get…

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On Juggling Work & Homeschool

This month we're talking about homeschooling. I've shared our homeschooling philosophy, our curriculum plans for next year and how we organize our weekly work. Today, I want to talk a little bit about how I juggle working full-time and homeschooling. The short answer is: not always very well. For that reason, one of the things…

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